If environmental left means “leave it in the ground,” a chant from the Poland climate talks, and environmental right means dig it and pump it without regard for water and wildlife, Ryan Zinke’s tenure as Interior Secretary is best characterized as environmental center.
Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Larry Diamond discusses how China is penetrating American institutions in ways that are coercive and corrupt, while the United States has not fully grasped the gravity of the situation.
Unfunded pension liabilities represent a significant challenge to the finances of many state and local governments. While no analysts dispute the general statement that pensions are underfunded in aggregate, there has been some discussion about how to estimate the magnitude of the gap.
There was likely never going to be “comprehensive immigration reform” or any deal amnestying the DACA recipients in exchange for building the wall. Democrats in the present political landscape will not consent to a wall. For them, a successful border wall is now considered bad politics in almost every manner imaginable.
During the First World War, a top German military commander supposedly came up with these unflattering words—“shackled to a corpse”—to describe his country’s alliance with the faltering Austro-Hungarian empire.
No, this has naught to do with the next election. It’s about an immediate target here at Fordham: to generate and publish some fresh thinking, mostly from prominent conservatives and other sensible folk, about the future direction of American education. We call it Education 20/20, and it got off to an awesome start in the final third of 2018 with a line-up of seven superb thinker/writer/speakers.
A closer look, though, at the deregulatory movement of the 1970s offers some grounds for optimism. Neither Carter nor Kennedy was particularly ideologically opposed to regulation. Rather, the deregulation was due to a confluence of circumstances, not all of which could be predicted, but which one can imagine being imitated.
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson argues that today’s political polarization echoes the religious polarization of the Reformation. Both were brought about by technological disruption: The printing press, in the case of the Reformation; and the personal computer, the internet, and social media today.
I happened to catch Rick Santelli on CNBC Tuesday morning, the first time I had seen him in years. I recall he always used to complain about the zero interest rate/QE policies of the Bernanke/Yellen years, and indeed mocked the idea that easier money could somehow create growth when bad supply-side policies were holding the economy back. And yet, now that unemployment is down to 3.7% and inflation is back up to 2%, he suddenly opposes a rate increase. I nearly spit out my coffee.
Recent data show that drug overdose deaths in the U.S. were 10 percent higher in 2017 than 2016, with an almost 50 percent increase in those related to synthetic opioids. A new research paper points to a glimmer of hope in this otherwise bleak story: Medicare Advantage insurance companies seem to be doing a surprisingly good job at mitigating opioid abuse.